August 26, 2017
Paradise Beverages (Fiji) Limited will sponsor the first Fijian team to compete in Australia’s National Rugby Competition (NRC), which kicks off on September 2 in Brisbane.
The newly-created Fijian Drua rugby team was officially launched by Fiji Rugby Union last week and is named after the historic Fijian double canoe used in naval battle and transporting warriors.
FRU Chief Executive John O’Connor said Paradise Beverages (Fiji) Ltd is the first official sponsor to come on board for the Fijian Drua team and it is fantastic to have such a quality sponsor for the team.
“Their support at this time is hugely appreciated and it will give both our brands a stronger global presence.”
Mike Spencer, General Manager of Paradise Beverages said Fiji Rugby brand and Paradise Beverages (Fiji) Ltd are both standouts in their respective fields and it is great to begin what he hopes is a long and winning relationship.
“For the past 41 years, Paradise Beverages has been, and continues to be, the major sponsor of grassroots rugby in Fiji.”
“Much of this sponsorship has been of Sevens tournaments around the country with all the gold medal-winning Fiji Sevens members playing in many of our sponsored tournaments. We are extremely proud and honoured to be sponsoring the Fijian Drua, a 15s side that contains many members of the Flying Fijians.”
“Based on our Flying Fijians’ performance this year, beating Scotland, Italy, Tonga and Samoa, I am sure that the Fijian Drua will give a good account of themselves in the NRC, against many Super Rugby players, and trust our sponsorship will further help the development of rugby in Fiji.”
The newly-unveiled Fijian Drua team kit will feature the logo of the award-winning Ratu Premium Rum by Rum Co of Fiji on the back of the jersey and the country’s most popular beer brand, Fiji Gold beer, on the left sleeve.
The 2017 NRC competition will be contested over nine rounds run for 11 weeks, with four games hosted in Fiji.
The Fijian Drua will kick off their season opener on Saturday, 2 September against Brisbane City at Ballymore in Brisbane at 3pm (AST).
On 9 September, they play against Melbourne Rising at the Harlequin Oval in Melbourne.
Fans of the Fijian Drua will see their heroes in action in Round 3 and 4 in their first home fixture against NSW Country Eagles at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on September 16 and then against Perth Spirit on 23 September at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
Rounds 5 and 6 sees the team travelling back to Australia for their match against the Canberra Vikings on 29 September at Viking Park in Canberra and Greater Sydney Rams on 7 October at TG Millner Oval, Sydney.
Round 7 the team will be on bye, but Rounds 8 and 9 sees them hosting QLD Country at Churchill Park in Lautoka on 21 October and Sydney Rays at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on 28 October.
By Reginald Chandar